Practical info

Howest University of Applied Sciences

Howest is a dynamic university of applied sciences, focused on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Our core values “serve - empower - care” stimulate an open, pluralistic and international outlook on education, research and service to society.

Howest is a member of Ghent University Association, which provides high-quality higher education to about 1/3 of Flanders’ student population. We offer 24 degree programmes in Architecture, Healthcare, Business and Management, Industrial Sciences and Technology, Education and Social Sciences, on four campuses in the historical cities of Bruges and Kortrijk, in the province of West Flanders, Belgium.

Over the years, Howest has built a solid reputation in application-oriented scientific research, services and continuous education, working with distinguished academic, social profit organisations and enterprises as partners in Europe, and all over the world. Our students and staff are given plenty of opportunities to go global, thanks to regional, national and international networks, scholarships and exchange programmes. Howest has coordinated highly successful national and international projects, and is an active partner in many others.

We constantly develop our course offer in English in order to position Howest as an attractive academic choice for students from abroad, who are looking for an open, vibrant, cosmopolitan and friendly destination.We warmly welcome students from our Erasmus and overseas partner institutions for an exchange period.

Studying in Bruges or Kortrijk means having several tourist attractions within easy reach: the Belgian coast, the Flemish & Belgian historical cities Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, ... And in a couple of hours the train will take you to European cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam, Cologne.

English-taught semesters, what are they?


A Howest English-taught semester programme is a package of course units which a Howest Bachelor programme can offer fully in English, as an option for semester exchange, to incoming students from its partner universities abroad, and as a study abroad option to other international students. Many of those English-taught course units are also followed by local Howest students, whereas the rest of the course units of their BA programme are offered in Dutch.

English-taught semester programmes in autumn: from September to the end of January

  • Applied Computer Sciences (Howest Bruges)
  • Applied Health & Lifestyle Sciences (Howest Bruges)
  • Tourism, Project management & Storytelling (Howest Kortrijk)
  • Journalism, Project management & Storytelling (Howest Kortrijk)
  • Global Business Management I (Howest Bruges)
  • Integrated Building Design and Construction (Howest Bruges)
  • International Nursing Programme (Howest Bruges) NEW
  • Migration and Refugees. English-taught semester Social Work (Howest Bruges) NEW
  • New Media & Communication Technology: Web & App Developer Specialisation (Howest Kortrijk) NEW
  • Realisation in Product Design (Howest Kortrijk)
  • We teach the World (Howest Brugge)

New English-taught semester programmes in spring: from February to the end of June

  • Applied Computer Sciences (Howest Bruges)
  • Digital Creative Projects in Communication (Howest Kortrijk)
  • Digital Creative Projects in Product Design (Howest Kortrijk)
  • Global Business Management II (Howest Bruges)
  • International Nursing Programme (Howest Bruges) NEW
  • Methodology in Product Design (Howest Kortrijk) NEW
  • New Media & Communication Technology: Infrastructure Engineer Foundations (Howest Kortrijk) NEW

Academic recognition

This English-taught semester is an integrated part of the Howest Bachelor courses. Howest fully applies the ECTS grading system and awards credits for the successfully achieved course units. After concluding the semester, all students receive an official ECTS transcript of records and Certificate.

Howest grading system
The Transcript issued by Howest contains both the Howest and the ECTS grades. The Howest (and Flemish) grading system is based on evaluations out of 20 points. 10/20 is the pass score. A 16/20 is considered excellent in Flanders, and students obtaining results of 18/20 are rather exceptional.

ECTS grade Definition Howest grade on 20
A EXCELLENT - outstanding performance with only minor errors 16/20 & 17/20 & 18/20 and more > A+
B VERY GOOD – above the average standard but with some errors 15/20
C GOOD – generally sound work with a number of notable errors 11/20 & 12/20
D SATISFACTORY – fair but with significant shortcomings 11/20 & 12/20
E SUFFICIENT – performance meets the minimum criteria 10/20
FX FAIL – some work required before the credit can be awarded 8/20 & 9/20
F FAIL – considerable further work is required 7/20 and less


For partner universities who prefer to work with grading tables: Howest participates in the European EGRACONS project, which enables universities to convert grades based on a Grading Table system. EGRACONS is fully compliant with the guidelines in the ECTS Users’ Guide 2015 and is officially mentioned there as an example of good practice. You can find our tables in the EGRACONS tool. We invite you to join the steadily growing group of EGRACONS users, which will it make it really easy for both parties to operate the correct conversions.

Timing and location

The course takes place in the city of Kortrijk, which is located at a short distance of the historic city of Bruges, one of Belgium’s top tourist destinations, and at only one hour from the Belgian coast. The campus can be reached very easily by public transportation, or is a 20 minute walk from the station.

Our Spring semester runs from February 12th until July 4th 2018.
Classes start on February 12th, but all newly arriving incoming students are expected on Monday February 5th, for our fulltime Orientation Week. From 02/04/2018 - 14/04/2018 there is a two-week Easter Holiday. The examination period starts on May 28th. From June 25th till July 4th there are feedback sessions for students. The Howest second chance exams take place in the 3rd exam period (Aug/Sept). As an exceptional service for exchange students AND only after explicit approval by the head of the study department, a second chance exam can be taken by the end of the 2nd exam period, at a date to be determined by the study department

Address of the campus: Howest Kortrijk:
Campus The Square, Luidpaardstraat 12A, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium Campus Graaf Karel De Goedelaan 5; 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium

Howest’s campuses are cashless. You will need to activate the Maestro function of your bank card before departure from your country. You find more detailed info on this in our Practical information section on the website.

Tuition fee

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Photo by David Samyn

For exchange students sent by our Erasmus and overseas partner institutions this course is tuition free.

Non-exchange students pay a tuition fee of € 1000. The fee does not include course or other materials, nor the cost for cultural visits or study excursions (transportation, museum entrance …). Those have to be paid on location. Howest has cashless campuses. Payments can be made through a debit card. Don’t forget to activate the Maestro function on it before you leave your country.


Howest Students Affairs (Stuvo) will help you find suitable accommodation. As soon as your application has been approved by Howest, go to Stuvo’s website http://www. and you will find specific information regarding the housing possibilities Howest offers to internationals students, and about how to rent one of these rooms online. There are also pictures and descriptions provided.

A student room in Kortrijk will cost you between €250 and €450 per month. The sooner you apply and start the accommodation procedures, the higher your chances to get a room which comes up to your expectations. Howest cannot be expected to offer ‘emergency housing assistance’ upon arrival.

Next to housing, Student Affairs are also the ones to contact for all the things that can make your life as a student more comfortable.Think about mobility, sports, …

Be sure to check our website, that way you are prepared to have a pleasant stay.


Application and deadline

The application deadline is November 30th for study in Spring Semester. For nationals from outside the European Economic Area, we strongly recommend to apply at least one month earlier, since it will take you 8 weeks to obtain your Belgian student visa!

All applications are subject to approval by the Howest English-taught semesters team. Send your Howest Application Form to You can download it at

Please also send your proposal of Learning Agreement.